hilarious It started with a Sunday afternoon read through of the musical The Full Monty. And then Monday...man it was a day to make you LIKE Mondays. I started the day with a truly wonderful rehearsal with Jamie Beaman and Tracy Stark for my cabaret show. Taking already fab songs and finding new things in them to play with is such a joy. It really made me think, "Oh, I think we got something here." Keep 9/28, 10/12 and 10/15 marked in your calendars, folks. This show is going to be something special.
Later that night, I got to work again with the fabulous Playground Experiment. They started going live part time again and this was my first one LIVE with them. As I started working with them on Zoom, this was an opportunity to meet some of these folks in person for the first time. And it was marvelous. And while I already had a role in Andi Lee Carter's hilarious sci-fi piece, Last minute, I was asked to read a role for Tim Lorge's screenplay and had a blast going from friend to villain to disgruntled vineyard owner in about 15 minutes. I love helping bring new work to life and was so glad to be able to do it on an actual stage again with such talented folk.
Speaking of talented folk, I am back in class with Karen Kolhaas and these PEOPLE with whom I am sharing a Zoom. It is amazing, and, as usual, crazy helpful and inspiring.
If you feel you could use this merry mixed mezzo for your next piece, go on an click on that CONTACT button. In the meantime, PEACE ✌🏽
When not pandemibaking...
I have finally started a website! I just got these beautiful new headshots done by L Morgan Lee of BLUEphotography, and at last have a place to display them.
I've also been getting this self-tape thing DOWN. Madison Avenue Baptist Church, with whom I've been the alto for going on twelve years, like most churches, has gone virtual, so we are making videos of solos and hymns for the time being. (Someday, I'll release an outtake reel.)
There've been other opportunities, as well, for practicing this process: virtual choir and concert videos.
I've been lucky enough to work with Prospect Theatre Company and, thus, was asked to be part of their lovely video featuring Peter Mills' tune "Two Buoys". (I come in with the alto part and drums>)
Next, a dear friend - a jazz musician and choir director, presently living in Italy - started up Singers Without Borders and asked me to be part of this uplifting number: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lastly, The Rigano Songbook asked 42(!) of their closest friends to help out with this wonderful song about an all too relevant and growing segment of our lives as we try to communicate with proper social distancing: Screen To Screen
The Rigano has a concert planned for 3/13...and then the world shut down. But far be it for them to not have a show. Yes, the Ides of March Extravaganza is now the Ides of APRIL and will be in virtual form. When those videos go up, I'll be sure to share here.
In the meantime, contact me here if you would like me to be part of YOUR virtual - and/or, eventually, LIVE - project.
Alexandra de Suze is a singer, actor, drummer who also writes a bit and occasionally makes silly videos